UK: Archbishop of Canterbury Welcomes Pakistani Hate Preachers Who Praised Killer Of Pro-Christian Minister
The most senior bishop of the Church of England has welcomed to his official London residence two Pakistani preachers who celebrated the killer of a politician who campaigned to protect the nationâ€™s Christians.
â€œGreat to welcome Pakistanâ€™s Shaykh Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman at [Lambeth Palace] todayâ€, tweeted the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby last month.
The men reportedly discussed countering â€œthe narrative of extremism and terrorismâ€ and interfaith relations, and Mr. Welby uses the â€˜Nasraniâ€™ symbol in his Twitter name to show â€œsolidarityâ€ with persecuted Middle Eastern Christians.
However, the men he welcomed to his home are some of Pakistanâ€™s most prominent supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed this year for murdering the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, for campaigning against the countryâ€™s brutal blasphemy laws used to target Christians.
Mr. Taseer, a liberal Muslim and businessman, also spoke out after the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistanâ€™s minorities minister who was the only Christian in the government and was assassinated by the Pakistani Taliban.
The hate preachers embraced by the archbishop have been filmed praising Mr. Qadri as a â€œmartyrâ€ at his funeral, where crowds of hundreds of thousandsgathered to celebrate the killer and his attacks on â€œapostatesâ€.